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Is a New Political Crisis Impending in Iceland?

There are speculations that some members of the Social Democrats are interested in forging a new coalition government with the Progressive Party in addition to the Left-Greens. The current Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition is described as fatigued.

According to Morgunbladid’s sources, Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson and some unspecified MPs of the Social Democrats have discussed this idea with unspecified MPs of the Progressive Party in the past two weeks.

“It has been mentioned now and then,” confirmed chairman of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, adding that he is not interested in a three-party coalition.

“The current government has a majority. If people believe that majority isn’t sufficient under these circumstances, a national government [a coalition of all parties] would be the more logical possibility,” Gunnlaugsson said.

The reason for the Social Democrats being interested in reinforcement from the Progressive Party is allegedly dissatisfaction with the Left-Greens being reluctant to make decisions and authorize operations.

The only person who the Social Democrats trust from the ranks of the Left-Greens is said to be Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, who is not considered to be able to control his own party.

No Left-Green MP has taken part in the informal coalition talks with the Progressive Party, although the Left-Greens are rumored to be aware of these talks and equally irritated at their coalition partner as the Social Democrats.

A Social-Democrat-Left-Green coalition took over when the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition split one year ago.

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